While Mondays and Tuesdays have consistently seen the lowest number of new cases due to the cyclical nature of testing in the province, today’s figure is still significantly lower than seven days ago, so that new cases totaled 2,791. The Department of Health did not indicate that there were data issues with today’s update. The additional cases come with just 28,109 tests completed, a second consecutive day below the threshold of 30,000. Public Health Ontario has recorded a province-wide positivity rate of 8.5%. While still relatively high, it is actually lower than the positivity rates reported on recent Tuesdays, suggesting that the indicator is trending downward from week to week.
The seven-day daily case average fell to 2,914, the first time it has fallen below the 3,000 threshold in about five weeks.
According to the Department of Health, the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-related illnesses jumped by 150, to 1,782, but at least part of that increase is due to more hospitals submitting data for the daily count.
The number of people treated in intensive care fell for the eleventh consecutive day to 802. Of these patients, 568, or nearly 71%, needed a ventilator to breathe.
Data from Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO), a government agency that compiles an internal report for hospitals and healthcare organizations, shows new ICU admissions per day have been trending downward for several weeks.
The median median stay of patients, meanwhile, rose to more than 14 days. In early May, patients with COVID-19 were spending an average of about 11.4 days in the intensive care unit, the CCSO said.
The 15 additional deaths confirmed today bring the official death toll to 8,342. The seven-day average of deaths is 28.4, down from the third wave high of 29.9 yesterday.
Meanwhile, public health units collectively administered 112,103 doses of COVID vaccines yesterday. Last night, about half of Ontarians aged 18 and over had received at least one dose of a vaccine.
The province has set a goal of giving 65% of adults a first shot by the end of May.
Eligibility for a shot has expanded to more people today. People with “at risk” health conditions chosen by the province, such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease and sick cell disease, can now make appointments for a first dose.
Another group of people who can’t work from home, including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers, can also book a photo.
Then on Thursday, anyone aged 40 and over anywhere in the province should be able to set aside time for a vaccination, the government says.